Effect of pH on Rhodomonas salina growth, biochemical composition, and taste, produced in semi-large scale under sunlight conditions

Christos Latsos, Eric Wassenaar, Tanja Moerdijk, Bert Coleman, Johan Robbens, Sandra van Roy, Leen Bastiaens, Jasper van Houcke, Klaas R. Timmermans

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Rhodomonas salina is a microalgal species, belonging to the cryptophytes, and is widely used as aquaculture feed because of its high nutritional profile and phycoerythrin content. This study investigated the effect of pH on the growth, biochemical composition, and taste of R. salina when cultivated on a semi-large scale under natural light conditions. Two tubular photobioreactors (200 L) were used for the cultivation of R. salina with sunlight as the only illumination source. Two different pH setpoints were applied, 7 and 8.5. Optimal temperature and nutrient conditions were applied, according to previous research findings. The results demonstrated that the productivity of R. salina was higher at pH 7, 0.06–0.14 gdry weight L−1 day−1, compared to pH 8.5, 0.03–0.12 gdry weight L−1 day−1. It was found that protein and total fatty acid concentrations were higher in the biomass that was produced at pH 8.5, 33.7% and 12.3% of dry weight, respectively, while at pH 7, the protein content was 31.9% and the total fatty acids 8.8% of dry weight. The phycoerythrin concentration, like protein, was higher at pH 8.5, 2.7% of dry weight, compared to pH 7, 1% of dry weight. The free amino acid and nucleotide profile of R. salina was affected by the pH, resulting in increased equivalent umami concentration at pH 7. For the sensory evaluation, an expert panel on algae flavors evaluated the effect of pH on the taste of R. salina, reporting that the biomass that was produced at pH 7 had more umami flavor than the biomass that was produced at pH 8.5, which was evaluated as more bitter.
Oorspronkelijke taalEngels
TijdschriftJournal of Applied Phycology
PublicatiestatusGepubliceerd - 6-apr-2022

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